Summer Reading in the Leisure Lounge

By Annie Colby-McKeon on May 20, 2024
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Maybe the weather isn't quite as warm as we want it to be at this point in the year, but summer is on the way! We at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library wish you a fun and safe summer, a good (if brief) break from school and work, and some good time to read! We've curated a selection of books you might want to take with you on the off chance that we finally have a day where it will be nice to go to the beach, ranging from bestsellers to romances:

A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman (a little serious, but a heart-warming tale excellent for the beach

Jaws by Peter Benchley (maybe don't read it right before you go in the water, but a quintessential summer read for sure)

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (a classic and only slightly silly mystery)

The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner (beach read is baked right into the title)

Trust by Hernan Diaz (an atmospheric novel spanning over the time period of a century)

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (compelling historical fiction)

The Round House by Louise Erdrich (both a murder mystery and a kind of meditation on justice)

Less by Andrew Sean Greer (a humorous adventure)

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (a romance set at a traveling show)

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (a classic, delightful read)

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (a dramatic portrait of a single day in New York in 1974)

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (a popular and dramatic murder mystery)

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley (a character-driven drama about a young woman and her brother in Oakland, CA)

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (a compelling and emotional family drama)

There There by Tommy Orange (an epic spanning many generations and points of view)

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (a mystery and portrait of nature)

The DNA of You and Me by Andrea Rothman (a scientific romance)

Swamplandia by Karen Russell (a hilarious and absurd family portrait taking place in Florida)

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab (a whimsical and mystical romance)

So come on down to the fourth floor leisure lounge for a good read!